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Written Answers

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 25 April 1951

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Written Answers To Questions

Wednesday, 25th April, 1951

Royal Navy

Engineering Branch (Candidates)

3.

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty why the number of candidates under the new Dartmouth scheme who are entered as cadets in the engineering branch continues below the number of vacancies in that branch.

Despite publicity, a relatively small number of candidates offer a choice of this branch. I am glad to say that an increased number of candidates came forward at the last examination as a result of increasing the age limits for entry.

Women's Service (Training)

13.

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what further arrangements he is making for the voluntary training of officers and ratings of the Reserves of the Women's Royal Naval Service.

Courses in air radio will commence in June, and courses are under consideration for fighter direction, plotters, meteorological, naval control service and personnel selection. There is no training for ratings of the Reserve.

Bermuda Dockyard (Closing)

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how the surplus stores, including medical, were disposed of on closing down Bermuda dockyard; whether any were dumped; what is the future of the floating dock and when this was decided; and whether any refit equipment has been sent out since the dockyard started closing down.

All serviceable stores which were not surplus to the requirements of the Royal Navy have been returned to the United Kingdom. Certain surplus medical stores have been sold to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Bermuda, and certain other naval stores and plant not required by the Royal Navy were sold locally by competitive tender. A remaining small quantity of stores which were unserviceable or that it was impracticable to bring to this country were dumped. Some spares for small craft have been sent out to Bermuda but otherwise no refit equipment has been sent there since the dockyard started to close down. It was decided as recently as last month that, in view of the altered circumstances, the large floating dock in Bermuda should be retained for continued use by the Royal Navy, and instructions have now been given for it to be towed to the United Kingdom.

Hms "Sheffield" (Visit, Cardiff)

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty on what date H.M.S. "Sheffield" will be visiting Cardiff in connection with the Festival of Britain; what steps have been taken to enable parties of school children to visit her; and whether a charge will be made.

H.M.S. "Sheffield will visit Cardiff from 17th to 25th July. Detailed arrangements for her visit are still being made, but I can say that she will be glad to receive organised parties from Cardiff and nearby schools at times when she is not open to the general public. No charge will be made for these visits.

Post Office

Airmail (Conveyance Rates)

14.

asked the Postmaster-General the amounts paid per tonne-kilometre for short and long haul airmails to foreign air companies and British air Corporations, respectively.

The rates per tonne-kilometre paid at present for the conveyance of United Kingdom first-class overseas mails by British and other air carriers are:—

Short Hauls:

British: the sterling equivalent of 2.9 gold francs.

Others: 3.0 gold francs.

Long Hauls:

British: the sterling equivalent of from 3.13 to 4.17 gold francs.

Others: from 2.43 to 6.0 gold francs.

London Postal Districts

15.

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will inquire into the possibility of simplifying the shape of London postal districts in the interests of efficiency and simplicity.

This matter is kept under review with a view to securing the most efficient postal service.

Treasury (Benefits)

18.

asked the Postmaster-General what are the total benefits accruing to the Treasury as a result of the operations of his Department in 1949 and 1950, whether through cash payments or free services.

Allowing for the net value of free services rendered by the Post Office to other Departments and by other Departments to the Post Office, the total benefits accruing to the Treasury in 1949–50 amounted to £12.9 million. The figure for 1950–51 is not yet available.

Stamp Selling Machines

24.

asked the Postmaster-General how many stamp-issuing machines attached to pillar boxes are available for normal use in Great Britain; and how many of these machines are over 20 years old.

(a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)
Local Administrative AreaEstimated PopulationNumber of Crown Post OfficesNumber of Scale Payment Sub Post OfficesTotal Post OfficesPopulation per Post Office
Enfield Urban District120,000220225,454
Barnet (including Barnet Urban District and East Barnet Urban District)60,680315183,371
Potters Bar Urban District15,320443,830
Borough of Edmonton106,050117185,891
Borough of Southgate74,400212145,314
Borough of Tottenham130,140314177,655

Letters (Transport, Canada)

asked the Postmaster-General how many complaints he has received in respect of the excessive time taken for the transport of letters between Canada and this country; and what is the normal time taken.

There are some 2,700 stamp-selling machines attached to pillar boxes in Great Britain and of this number about 250 are over 20 years old.

25.

asked the Postmaster-General if he can provide information for 1949 and 1950 as to the money received through the pillar box stamp machines as compared with the gross number of stamps issued to the customer; and what is the percentage of failure of the machines to deliver stamps after the coin is inserted.

Information in the precise form desired by the hon. Member is not available but, for the 17,600 Post Office stamp-selling machines, the excess amount collected in each of the years 1949 and 1950 was about £1,000 out of estimated total receipts of about £1 million. Recorded faults requiring technical attention amounted to 1.4 per machine per year.

Offices, Local Areas

asked the Postmaster-General what is the proportion of post offices and sub-post offices to the population in the Enfield Urban District Council area at the latest convenient date; and what are the similar figures for Barnet, Edmonton, Potters Bar, Southgate and Tottenham.

Two recently. The time of surface transport normally varies between nine and 15 days according to the season of year, incidence of sailings, the speed of the ship and docking arrangements. I am inquiring into the case which my hon. Friend has brought to my notice and will write to him as soon as possible.

Broadcasting And Television

Interference

16.

asked the Postmaster-General whether pending the final recommendations of his Advisory Committee, he will take steps to require the suppression of interference with television reception by motor cars.

No. Under the Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1949, I cannot make appropriate regulations until I have received the recommendations of the Advisory Committee which is studying the problem.

Reception, Se England

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is now in a position to make a further statement about the bad radio reception in South-East England.

I have recently received from the B.B.C. proposals for the erection of a number of low-powered medium wave transmitters to improve reception of the Home Service in certain areas. The proposals are being examined and I hope to make a further statement shortly.

Telephone Service

Kiosks (Cleaning)

35.

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will take steps to see that telephone kiosks are cleaned out more regularly.

All kiosks are cleaned on a regular schedule and this is varied, as necessary, to meet special local conditions.

Breconshire

asked the Postmaster-General the number of applicants for telephone service, which are pending, for the area covered by the Bwlch, Breconshire exchange; how many of these have been outstanding for over three years; what are their categories with regard to priority; and how many are considered urgent.

Twenty-one, of which four have been outstanding for over three years and seven are in priority categories.

asked the Postmaster-General how many applications are pending for telephone service within the area covered by the Brecon exchange; how many have been outstanding for the last two years; how many are for farmers; how many are for disabled ex-Service men; and how many are considered urgent.

Seventy-eight; of which 26 have been outstanding for over two years, 25 are in priority categories, 18 are farmers, and one a disabled ex-Service man.

asked the Postmaster-General how many telephones have been installed; how many receive the shared service; and what categories of subscribers have received service during the last three years in the areas covered by the Bwlch and Brecon exchanges.

At Bwlch 15 telephones were installed and eight subscribers given shared service. At Brecon the numbers are 70 and 20. Details of the categories of subscribers are not available.

asked the Postmaster-General what priority system for telephone service is used by the Cardiff district; and whether he will give particulars of the categories adhered to in the County of Brecon.

Priority is given to the essential requirements of public utilities, health and life-saving services, Government Departments, and businesses engaged on production and distribution for export or saving imports. Subject to these broad classes of priority, business applicants are in general given preference over residential applicants. Within each priority category the date of application is the governing factor, subject to the availability of spare plant and to the economic distribution of engineering labour. These rules apply to the County of Brecon as to the country generally.

Royal Air Force (Graduation Parade, Cranwell)

41.

asked the Secretary of State for Air why the graduation parade at the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell, is so called; how long it has been so named; and from what its title was changed.

This title was chosen by the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell in the summer of 1939. Previously the ceremony was called "Passing out Inspection."

Royal Fine Art Commission

45.

asked the Prime Minister if he has considered the documents, forwarded to him by the hon. Member for Maldon, concerning the generally unsatisfactory results of the findings given on architectural matters by the Royal Fine Art Commission; and if he will consider whether the powers and terms of reference of this Commission need amendment in order to secure improvement in this respect.

I have been asked to reply. Yes, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has read the article to which my hon. Friend refers. It expresses disagreement with the advice given to the Government and other public authorities on a number of recent occasions by the Royal Fine Art Commission. My right hon. Friend does not consider that any change in either the powers or the terms of reference of the Commission is likely to prevent some critics from disagreeing in the future as they have done in the past with the advice which it gives.

Raw Material Stocks (Storage)

49.

asked the Minister of Defence what arrangements are being made within the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to ensure that stocks of essential raw materials are stored in such a way to ensure the maximum protection against all forms of modern air attack and the possibility of sabotage.

The responsibility for storage of stocks of essential raw materials lies with the individual North Atlantic Treaty nation owning such stocks. No arrangements are being made by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as such.

Linseed Production

53.

asked the Minister of Food if, in view of the importance of securing a big output of home-grown linseed this season, he will restore the arrangement by which farmers who sell linseed to his Department are given coupons entitling them to purchase linseed cake.

Such an arrangement could only be restored at the expense of the feedingstuffs ration. Even when it was in force, it did not prevent a decline in the acreage of this important crop, and I hope that the price, under the arrangements coming into force on 30th June, will be a more effective incentive.

Persia (Situation, Abadan)

60.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on the result of his protest to the Iranian Government, with reference to the disturbances at Abadan, and the protection of British lives in that area.

Yes. On 14th April His Majesty's Ambassador, acting under my right hon. Friend's instructions, informed the Persian Prime Minister that His Majesty's Government must hold the Persian Government responsible for all loss of life and damage to property affecting British nationals in Persia. The Persian Prime Minister expressed his deep regret at the loss of British lives which had occurred at Abadan. He stated that the Persian Government took a serious view of the situation and would take prompt and energetic measures to restore order. Military reinforcements would be sent to the area and a general had already left to take charge of the civil and military administration.The Persian Government's action caused some improvement in the situation, and many of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company's employees at Abadan have returned to work. They were, however, still subject to intimidation, and my right hon. Friend therefore instructed His Majesty's Ambassador to see the Persian Prime Minister on 22nd April and to express my right hon. Friend's concern at the apparent failure of the Persian security forces to restore complete order quickly. The Prime Minister in reply has assured my right hon. Friend that his Government is in complete control of the situation and is rounding up agitators. My right hon. Friend welcomes this assurance. The most recent reports from Abadan indicate that the situation is quieter. The strikes in other stations in the oilfields have ended.

Somaliland (Missing British Subject)

61.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what information he has in respect of the capture by nomad tribesmen in British Somaliland of Mr. Eric Crane, a British citizen, who is the Ethiopian Emperor's chief air mechanic; from what source the information has been received; whether he has been well treated; why was Mrs. Crane, of Leyton, informed that her husband was presumed dead in an air crash; and what steps are being taken to contact the tribesmen and secure the early release of this captive.

As soon as Mr. Crane's aeroplane was reported missing on 20th March the Government of Somaliland instituted a search of the Protectorate by air and ground patrols. This search failed to produce any information. The Protectorate authorities have gone into the matter very thoroughly but have failed to obtain any evidence to support the report of Mr. Crane's capture by tribesmen. The report, which may well have been inspired by the offer of a reward for the discovery of the aeroplane, was contained in a letter written by two Somalis, who have not yet been traced, to a merchant at Dire Dawa. Mrs. Crane was informed of her husband's presumed death on 11th April as the High Court of Ethiopia had decided, owing to the length of time since the aeroplane disappeared, to presume the death of its occupants.

Germany (Ruhr International Authority)

64.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement on the attitude of His Majesty's Government towards the pro posed ending of the Ruhr authority.

It seems that some of the functions which now fall within the sphere of the International Authority for the Ruhr could be performed or rendered unnecessary by the institutions proposed under the Schuman Plan Treaty. His Majesty's Government are closely studying the provisions of the Treaty, and are very ready to take part in any discussions between the interested Powers about possible overlap of jurisdiction. Pending more detailed examination of the problems involved, His Majesty's Government are not prepared to make any statement about their attitude to the future of the International Authority for the Ruhr.

Mr Sanders (Imprisonment)

65.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any further statement to make on the prospect of release from imprisonment by the Hungarian Government of Mr. Edgar Sanders, in view of the recent release of Mr. Vogeler.

No. The Hungarian Government are aware that His Majesty's Government are ready to resume normal trading relations with them as soon as Mr. Sanders is released, but they have so far refused our offer. I can only hope that their decision to release Mr. Vogeler may indicate a change in their attitude towards the release of Mr. Sanders.

Gambia Poultry Farm

66.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list showing the breeds of bird which were kept in Gambia during the whole period of the Gambia egg scheme, showing the numbers in each case, and stating which breed was most successful as egg layers.

My right hon. Friend is informed by the Corporation that all the birds on the Gambia Poultry Farm have been bred from a tropical strain of Rhode Island Reds.

Malaya And Singapore

Rubber Exports

67.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many tons of Malayan rubber have been sold to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and to China, other than Formosa respectively, since the outbreak of the Korean war.

In the period July, 1950, to March, 1951, exports of rubber from the Federation of Malaya and Singapore to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics amounted to 40,400 tons, and to China are estimated to have amounted in all to 120,000 tons.

Health And Social Security

77.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps are being taken to introduce a system of health insurance and social security in Singapore and the Federation of Malaya.

The introduction of health insurance in these territories is at present impracticable but the health and medical services are being improved and extended. In Singapore, medical and social welfare plans have been approved by the Legislative Council and parts of these plans, such as free treatment in hospitals, free tuberculosis treatment and family allowances for those under treatment, are already in operation. In the Federation of Malaya, all workers are entitled to free medical treatment under the Labour Code and free treatment is given in cases of hardship in all Government hospitals. Social security is being advanced generally by these and other measures suited to local circumstances. In the Federation of Malaya, an Employees Provident Fund Scheme is being examined which will give cover to a high proportion of the wage-earning population; a system of employment exchanges is also to be established. In Singapore, a Working Party is investigating the possibilities of introducing a scheme of social security.

Electoral Registration

78.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many persons in Singapore are eligible for inclusion in the electoral register; how many are actually registered; how many recorded their vote at the recent election; and what steps are being taken to produce a more satisfactory register.

It is estimated that 216,000 persons in Singapore are eligible for inclusion on the electoral register; 48,155 are at present registered, and of these 24,693 recorded their votes at the recent election. It is intended to conduct an intensive registration campaign, in co-operation with political parties and public bodies.

Jamaica (Cigar And Sugar Industries)

68.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps he is taking to protect the interests of the economy of, and the level of employment in, Jamaica in view of the recent trade agreement with Cuba and that the Jamaican cigar industry has already suffered a setback since 1947 as a result of the contraction in sales in the United Kingdom due to the high rate of duty and the reduction in spending power which has taken place since 1947.

No trade agreement with Cuba has yet been made. Negotiations are still in progress and I cannot anticipate any possible decision.

76.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will give an assurance that the proposed agreement between Cuba and the United Kingdom will not be detrimental to the pineapple, cigar and sugar industries of Jamaica or contrary to the assurances given to Jamaica.

As my right hon. Friend the then President of the Board of Trade stated on 15th March, no agreement will be made with Cuba which would prejudice the undertaking given to Commonwealth sugar producers by the United Kingdom when the Commonwealth Sugar Agreement was negotiated last year. His Majesty's Government are fully aware of and are bearing in mind Jamaican views on questions of pineapples and cigars, but while trade discussions with Cuba are still in progress I can make no statement

Nigeria

Kalabari Tribe (Collective Fine)

69.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why a collective fine is being imposed on the Kalabari community in Eastern Nigeria in place of the punishment of individuals found guilty of murder and other offences.

82.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement on the events leading up to the imposing of a collective fine of £20,000 on the Kalahari tribe; and whether the procedure leading up to the imposition of this fine was of a judicial nature in which evidence could be offered by anyone having relevant information to offer to a court.

83.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement as to the circumstances which led the Governor of Nigeria to impose a collective fine of £20,000 on the Kalabari people.

My right hon. Friend has placed in the Library of the House a copy of the Report of the Inquiry held under the Collective Punishment Ordinance of Nigeria, together with a copy of the Governor's Order under the same Ordinance. The inquiry was a statutory one at which anyone who wished could give evidence, and the parties concerned were represented by counsel. The imposition of this fine is a matter quite separate from the criminal proceedings taken against individuals on a charge of murder.

Railway Dispute

81.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what action has been taken in respect of the railway staff dispute in Nigeria; and whether the allegation of the Railway Station Staff Union has been investigated.

My right hon. Friend has asked the Governor for information on these points and will write to my hon. Friend when this is received.

The Rhodesias And Nyasaland (Conference)

70.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement on the results of the Conference recently held in London between high officials of Southern and Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

As the report of the Conference is still under consideration by the four Governments concerned, I have no statement to make at present.

Kenya (Us Official, Accommodation)

71.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement on the accommodation officially arranged for Colonel Poindexter of the United States Public Service in Nairobi last December after attending the World Health Congress at Kampala; and why he was treated differently from his colleagues on arrival.

Dr. Poindexter attended the Malaria Conference in Kampala last year as an observer on behalf of the United States Government, but I have no information about the arrangements for his accommodation in Nairobi. If my hon. Friend would care to let me have the evidence on which his Question is based, I will gladly look into the matter.

Colonial Empire (Copra Contracts)

73.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any information with regard to representations received from producers in British Colonies or other Dependencies asking His Majesty's Government for a special review on long-term copra contracts with the Government in view of the present wide disparity between world prices and the prices agreed in these contracts; and if he will make a statement.

Representations have been made locally in Fiji and in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate regarding the price paid by the Ministry of Food under the long-term copra contracts. Pending consideration of these representations, I am unable to make any statement.

Sarawak (Mr Macbryan, Payments)

79.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what pension is being paid from Sarawak funds to Mr. MacBryan, late secretary to the former Rajah of Sarawak; and if any additional pension is being paid to him from any other official source.

Payments totalling £1,400 per annum are being made to Mr. Mac-Bryan from Sarawak Government funds. Of this sum £500 per annum is paid under the provisions of the Rajah's Dependants Order, 1946, in accordance with the arrangements concluded in connection with the Cession; the remaining £900 is an additional ex gratia annuity approved by the Sarawak Government with effect from 1st April, 1947, in final settlement of certain claims which had not been brought to notice at the time of the Cession. So far as I am aware, no other payments are being made to Mr. Mac-Bryan from any other official sources.

Grenada (Disorders)

84.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he proposes to publish a report upon the recent disorders in Grenada when the investigation into their origin and handling is completed.

It is not the intention of my right hon. Friend to publish a report on recent events in Grenada. Preliminary comments have been received from his Labour Adviser, but he will be in a position to answer in greater detail questions on the causes of this strike when he has discussed the matter with his Labour Adviser on the latter's return from the West Indies where he is visiting some other territories.

Industry (Location)

85.

asked the Minister of Local Government and Planning if he will issue a statement or plan explaining in details his policy with regard to the national location of industry, so that industrialists may know if their development projects are in accordance with or opposed to it.

Industrialists should study the development plans of local planning authorities, which will show them the areas zoned for industry.

British Army

Class Z Reservists

86.

asked the Secretary of State for War what provisions exist for the variation of the time of call-up of a Z reservist who has reserved holiday accommodation in advance for himself and his family.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my right hon. Friend to Questions on this subject yesterday.

87.

asked the Secretary of State for War how many men employed as masons in the county of Cornwall are being called up as Class Z reservists.

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is recalling early age group reserves under the defence programme.

I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Bristol, Central (Mr. Awbery), on 3rd April.

Troops, Korea

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that troops in Korea are having difficulty in purchasing soap and ink; and if he will see that adequate supplies are readily available.

A shortage of ink arose during the winter owing to some supplies freezing and bursting the bottles. There have been heavy demands for soap owing to the warmer weather and the dust. Adequate supplies of ink have, however, been purchased in Japan and there is now no shortage either of ink or soap.

Unemployment Benefit

asked the Minister of National Insurance to what extent it is the general practice, in cases where a four-day week is being worked, to include unemployment benefit for the remaining two days, by arrangement with the local Employment Exchange in the weekly pay packet; how many firms have made this arrangement; and how many workers are affected.

Only one arrangement on such lines has been made; it covers about 2,500–3,000 workers. Benefit is, however, paid quite separately from wages.

Coal Allocations, Stockton-On-Tees

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power why there has been a fall in coal supplies to meet merchants' allocations in Stockton-on-Tees during March and April; and what action is being taken to make up the allocations before the end of the current period.

Supplies to merchants in Stockton-on-Tees during March were adversely affected by exceptionally heavy demands in the early part of the month for bunker coal for ships which had been storm-stayed and which subsequently came into the loading berths together; by a lower output of opencast coal during continuous wet weather; and by the normal reduction in output of deep-mined coal during the Easter holiday period. There has been a marked improvement in supplies during the first half of April and the National Coal Board hope to be able to make up arrears by the end of the current period.

Mobile Labour Force

asked the Minister of Works whether, in view of the valuable work done by the Mobile Labour Force, and the new needs for a permanent force of skilled, well-equipped and mobile building trade workers, he will reconsider his decision to wind up the Mobile Labour Force.

I would refer my hon. Friend to my reply to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Brixton (Lieut.-Colonel Lipton), on 10th April.

Low-Flying Aircraft, London

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation for what purpose an Anson aircraft was flying in circuits over Westminster at a height of between 600 and 1,000 feet at and after sunset on 16th April last; and whether flying at this altitude over the centre of London is permitted for aircraft other than those approaching the east-west runway at Heath Row.

The aircraft in question was engaged on duties concerned with the manufacture of a documentary film for the education of the public in the airways system of air traffic control over this country. The flight appears to have contravened the regulations governing the heights at which aircraft may fly over centres of population and the matter is being further investigated.

Raw Materials (Government Purchases)

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will publish a statement showing the quantity and value of goods bought in bulk from overseas by various Government Departments during 1950, together with a statement of the respective deliveries.

(pursuant to the reply given by the then President of the Board of Trade [OFFICIAL REPORT, 3rd April, 1951; Vol. 486, c. 9] supplied the following information): During the year a number of items reverted to private trade, and for these the figures relate to Government purchases up to the date of reversion.

RAW MATERIALS PURCHASED FROM OVERSEAS BY THE BOARD OF TRADE DURING 1950
MaterialPurchasesArrivals†
Tons '000Value (f.o.b.) £'000Tons '000
Timber3,343·350,1423,356·6
Raw Materials for Textiles*166·324,266165·3
Hides and Skins and Tanning Materials4·389031·8
Papermaking Materials392·27,976392·2
Materials for Fertilisers and for the manufacture of Sulphuric Acid2,426·016,5332,449·3
Miscellaneous2·72872·9
6,334·8100,0946,398·1

* Does not include raw cotton which is purchased by the Raw Cotton Commission.

† These figures include some items ordered previous to 1950.

METALS PURCHASED FROM OVERSEAS BY THE MINISTRY OF SUPPLY DURING 1950
MaterialPurchasesArrivals†
Tons '000Value (f.o.b.) £'000Tons '000
Aluminium142·715,360142·0
Chrome Ore86·056081·7
Copper (blister and electrolytic)302·0*46,634295·1
Lead126·011,635171·9
Zinc137·015,244142·0
Finished Steel319·111,262210·5
1,112·8100,6951,043·2

* Excludes tonnages returned from toll refining overseas of Ministry copper and copper alloy scrap as refined copper.

† These figures include some items ordered previous to 1950.

COMMODITIES PURCHASED FROM OVERSEAS BY THE MINISTRY OF FOOD DURING 1950
CommodityPurchases (a)Arrivals*
Tons '000Value (f.o.b.) £'000Tons '000
Fruit and vegetables (b)58223,320601
Fish (c)349,61030
Meat and Bacon (d)1,142143,3631,133
Tea, Coffee and Cocoa32989,828334
Cereals, Pulses, Starch and Animal Feedingstuffs6,272149,7746,420
Sugar and Glucose2,09073,4502,120
Milk Products, Eggs and Oils and Fats2,567252,8132,586
13,016742,15813,224
NOTE:—
(a) Excludes purchases shipped direct for overseas consumption.
(b) Including canned fruit, dried fruit, edible nuts and fruit juices.
(c) Including canned fish.
(d) Including canned meat, poultry and rabbits.
The Ministry of Works have not bought from overseas during 1950.

* These figures include some items ordered previous to 1950.

Explosives Magazine, Treharris

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any arrest has been made in connection with the blowing-up of the explosives magazine at the Craig-y-Fabon Quarry, Fiddlers Elbow, Treharris.

I have no direct responsibility for the conduct of police investigations in this matter, but I am informed, on inquiry of the Chief Constable of Merthyr Tydfil, that no arrest has been made in connection with it.